Kate Middleton's earrings were a subtle tribute to the Queen

Annie Goldsmith
·2-min read
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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

The Queen's birthday this year was a low-key affair. The monarch turned 95 during both the ongoing pandemic and the mourning period for her late husband, Prince Philip. While the day did not include familial celebration, the Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to her grandmother-in-law in a unique way.

On April 21, the Queen's birthday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise visit to 282 (East Ham) Squadron, Air Training Corps in East London. There, the couple both learned about how the Air Cadets are supporting young people in developing life skills and paid tribute to Prince Philip, who served as Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Air Training Corps for 63 years. For the occasion, the duchess borrowed a pair of pearl and diamond earrings from the Queen herself.

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
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Photo credit: Anwar Hussein - Getty Images

The Queen was first seen wearing the earrings in 1977, while celebrating her silver jubilee. The Duchess of Cambridge has sported the accessory on multiple occasions, but it is likely not a coincidence that she chose them for the Queen's birthday. The duchess paired the earrings with a black, double-breasted peacoat, representative of the mourning period, and black pumps.

This is not the only Kate's chosen sentimental jewellery in the past few weeks. For Prince Philip's funeral, the duchess wore a four-strand pearl and diamond choker, also borrowed from the Queen. The necklace was originally gifted to the Queen from Japan in the 1970s and she wore it frequently. The British monarch also lent the piece to Princess Diana for one of her first royal engagements. Kate paired the choker with the Queen's Bahrain Pearl Earrings, made from pearls gifted to the Queen for her wedding to Philip.

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

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